ASUS has finally broken its silence on the 3G-enabled version of its Nexus 7 tablet, announcing availability across Australia and New Zealand from December 2012. The only 3G model will be the 32 GB version of the tablet, costing $369 – a little less than expected, given the pricing rumours in the month since its announcement.

The new version of the tablet will be available from Harvey Norman, JB HiFi, Dick Smith Electronics, The Good Guys, Bing Lee, Radio Rentals, Office Works, EB Games, BSR, authorised ASUS channel resellers and the Google Play store. ASUS’s quoted prices seem around $20 above the Play store pricing, although the Play store will set you back $20 shipping, so it all evens out.

We’re seeing retailers accepting orders for 3G units and stock should be arriving at online and offline retailers around Australia. It looks like the Google Play store still doesn’t seem to have been updated to sell the device, but it’ll only be a matter of time. The device is compatible with all Australian 3G networks, and is not carrier-locked.

Will you be buying a Nexus 7 with 3G data? Let us know in the comments!

Source(s): ASUS Press Release
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  • peter

    hell will freeze over by the time they arrive in shops even if you ring asus about the nexus 7 3G they can tell you nothing ?

  • Kendojosh

    Got mine on order at JB. Just waiting for the call that it’s come in – can’t wait!

  • frankdaley

    Kogan emailed me overnight about my Nexus 3G order placed two days ago – “We are currently processing your order and expect to confirm it for dispatch shortly”

    I already have a WiFi model, but miss the always online advantage of a 3G device.

    Hoping Kogan deliver on their promise.

  • Richard

    Any carriers ranging it?

    • Daniel Tyson

      at this stage all of them except Optus have denied carrying it.

  • Alan Lin

    I just bought the Wi-Fi only 32gb. I can’t see the value in having 3g on a tablet, I personally prefer to just tether it to my phone

    • peterschwats

      Since most of ur google play content is stored in the cloud, it’s better to have 3g, rather than continously download your content for use abroad.

  • http://twitter.com/xavierdylan Dylan Xavier

    do they have an actual release date or any time in December?

  • pete

    does it take mini or micro sim?

    • pete

      appears to be standard mini sim.

  • glennv17

    Almost wish I held off buying my 16GB for this, but it’s still a $170 difference on what I paid. Love the fact that it’s coming out very cheap though. Maybe one day 3G/4G will be standard no matter what?

  • dazweeja

    Great pricing considering the equivalent iPad Mini (Wi-Fi + Cellular 32GB) is a whopping $619.

  • http://twitter.com/thenerdmama The Nerd Mama

    With a tiny $50 difference.. it’s certainly tempting….

  • Geoff Fieldew

    Yes. Come to Daddy little tablet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zbutler2012 Zac Butler

    perfect